Inter moved provisionally to top of Serie A as goals by Edin Dzeko and Ivan Perisic helped the Italian champion secure a 3-1 comeback victory at Fiorentina on Tuesday.
Bosnia striker Dzeko found the net 10 minutes into the second half, three minutes after Matteo Darmian had levelled for the visitor to cancel out Riccardo Sottil’s first-half opener for Fiorentina, and Perisic wrapped it up with a late strike.
The result put Inter on 13 points from five games, one ahead of second-placed Napoli, who will be looking to maintain its perfect record when it travels to Sampdoria on Wednesday.
Fiorentina, who had Nicolas Gonzalez sent off with 12 minutes left, is sixth on nine points after its second defeat of the season.
Atalanta jumped to fourth on 10 points after goals by Robin Gosens and Davide Zappacosta earned it a 2-1 home win against mid-table Sassuolo.
Bologna is down to seventh with eight points after it was held to a 2-2 draw at home by Genoa.
In Florence, Inter got off to a shaky start and found itself trailing after 23 minutes when Sottil tapped in at the far post from Gonzalez’s cross.
Inter did not panic, however, and seven minutes into the second half, Nicolo Barella’s foray into the area ended with the midfielder crossing for Darmian, who found the back of the net with a low, angled shot.
Three minutes later, Dzeko headed home from Hakan Calhanoglu’s corner to give Inter a deserved lead.
Fiorentina’s hopes of a comeback were hit when Gonzalez picked up a second yellow card for pulling Alessandro Bastoni’s shirt.
Perisic then put the result beyond doubt with three minutes left when he scored into an empty goal from Roberto Gagliardini’s cross, wrapping up a fine performance from the visitor who needed a half to get into its groove.
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Photo Fiorentina’s midfielder Lucas Torreira (front) vies for the ball with Inter’s midfielder Marcelo Brozovic during the Italian Serie A soccer match between ACF Fiorentina and Inter Milan at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, 21 September 2021. EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI